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Skills vs Soldiers

Cordion Falkion is piloting his ship, The Light, through space. He is returning to his home planet after work in the Anti-Stardust Sector of Gurangul Spaceport. He removes stardust from ships there as it is toxic to Tartettas, and wanted by criminals to use as a weapon.

All of a sudden, a giant shard-shaped ship shoots The Light! It bursts into flames and plummets down onto a ghost planet!

Falkion clambers out of his ship and looks around. He has crashed on a barren planet with no water in sight and high rock piles in every direction. Then Falkion spots a group of soldiers descending from the docking bay of the shard-shaped ship. They are bright pink with two eyes in the centre of their crooked faces. Falkion walks, as soft as a breath, toward the soldiers’ hiding spot. The soldiers see Falkion through their infrared filters. They point their laser guns at Falkion. “Give us your stardust,” they command. “No!” Falkion snaps. He high-kicks the soldiers. The trio collapse.

Falkion returns to his ship, planning what to do. He takes a drink and spots the rest of the soldiers patrolling the rock piles. He stalks them until he reaches the ideal spot to attack. Falkion weaves around the rocks, sprinting faster than a cheetah. He kicks soldier after soldier, separating them from their formations. “Stop right there!” commands the soldiers’ leader. “I advise that you do not try to command me again,” snarls Falkion, attempting to punch the leader’s chest. He counters with a swift block with his armour-clad arm. Falkion whips his laser gun from his pocket and fires three bursts into the leader. The leader slightly flinches and says, “You need to know what to call me ­– Officer Sunto”. “Enjoy your last moments of respect. Once you lose this battle, you’re sure to be banished from whatever evil organisation you come from, Sunto,” Falkion said, thinking fast, planning how to defeat the enemy.

He thinks back to his security training. Think like the enemy, said Surtan, Falkion’s old coach, be one with them, Falkion asks himself, I want to catch this individual and get the stardust. What would I do? Falkion stalks around the rock pile. Officer Sunto sends two soldiers to find Falkion, who kicks them into the dust.

When the soldiers do not return, Sunto and the rest of his troops march to where Falkion is. Falkion dashes around to where Officer Sunto was and repeatedly fires laser bursts into the rock pile. The pile falls down on Officer Sunto and his troops before they can react. “NOOOOOOO!!!” howls Sunto as he realises that he has been thwarted. Falkion makes a beeline to his ship.

Sunto begins to work his way out of the pile. Falkion works out the damage done to his ship. Sunto storms toward Falkion like an angry rhino. Falkion solidifies the melted engine with emergency coolant and pours emergency non-flammable fuel into his ship. He hardwires the navigation system into the controls, so he can manually fly his ship to the next planet.

Sunto appears banging on the door! Falkion pulls back the flight arm and aims the nose of the ship towards Planet Neros in the distance. He types in the password for take-off. The thrusters fire a jet of flames and the ship takes off, leaving Sunto incinerated on the ground!

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